Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that negotiations with the team regarding a long-term extension have been “handled a bit disrespectful.” Even so, Landry says he would still like to return to Miami next year.
Landry’s agent, Damarius Bilbo, tells Jackson that the Dolphins made them an offer in early December and they submitted a counter offer in mid-December but have yet to hear back from the team.
Miami told Bilbo that “they want him back” but there’s “still some distance” between their offers “but nothing time can’t fix. They made it clear the ball was in their court.”
On Tuesday, Armando Salguero reported that there are concerns about him behind the scenes that will impact just how far the team is willing to go to retain him this offseason.
According to Salguero, these concerns include Landry sometimes running the wrong routes, losing control and hurting the team, and not always being a leader in the locker room. Multiple sources have told Salguero that the Dolphins view Landry as being “a pain” to deal with and “hard to reach.”
However, Bilbo believes this is an attempt by the Dolphins to gain some leverage in contract talks.
“This is a leverage thing — someone trying to gain leverage by devaluing him to the rest of the NFL,” Bilbo said. “I’m not going to stand for that. If these [criticisms] were coming from the Dolphins they were unfair.”
Landry admitted that he has “mixed emotions” about all of this.
“I’ve got so many mixed emotions,” Landry said. “I am at peace. I understand the situation. Regardless of if I am a Dolphin next year or not, my hard work will pay off.”
It’s worth mentioning that the Dolphins will have the franchise tag at their disposal next year. Although, that is projected to run them $15,682,000 fully guaranteed for the 2018 season.
Landry, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2014. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $3.5 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $893,852 for the 2017 season.
In 2017, Landry has appeared in 16 games and caught 112 passes for 987 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. He has also contributed 81 kick return yards. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 19 receiver out of 119 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.